Class of 88: The Blob: A Subversive, Hard-Edged Remake with Some of the Best Practical Effects of All Time

This isn’t just one of my favorite horror movies of 1988, or of the 1980s, but one of my favorite horror movies of all time.

The 1980s saw the release of three big-budget studio remakes of 1950s sci-fi films, the first two of which are widely regarded as classics. John Carpenter’s 1982 reimagining of The Thing from Another World (retitled to just The Thing in his version) and David Cronenberg’s brilliant take on The Fly use the basic premises of their ’50s counterparts and rebuild them from the ground up, introducing the kinds of state-of-the-art makeup and creature effects that had only become possible in the ’80s to deliver new masterpieces of even greater visceral and emotional impact than their predecessors. The third of these ’50s remakes is the one that isn’t talked about as much or as well-regarded outside of the horror community: Chuck Russell’s 1988 take on The Blob.
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